Quoted from Hitch9:
I’m hoping for some help from Photoshop users /experts.
I’ve scanned the playfield parts that need to have decals and put it into photoshop.
Once in the scanned image, I outlined the area to be cleaned up, copied that area and added it to a layer. I then cleaned the image up in the layer.
Now I have several files with layers in them.
How do I now take all these images in layers, put them into one sheet and then print them to decal paper?
I also want to make several copies of one particular image that is used a lot on the playfield. Is that done by copy and paste ?
Thanks for any help.
I'm a lot better at Photoshop than playfield restorations, so maybe I can help.
It sounds like you have a Photoshop file with multiple layers of art you've modified and you want to know how to make all of your work into a single file (e.g get rid of layers) so you can print out decals?
There are a couple of things that might be useful for you based on your exact needs (there are many different ways to do what I think you want, so I'm just going to try and keep the simplest):
1. What you "see" in your photoshop file is what will print out. So you may not need to do anything at all. Note that you can 'turn off' the visibility (and thus not print) a layer by clicking on the 'eye' icon next to each layer. When you want it back, just click the eye again.
2. The above is not helpful if you want to align multiple layers next to each other and then work on them as one larger, combined layer rather than a bunch of separate layers. What I do is create a duplicate of the original photoshop file (just in case you need to go back to this step) select "save as" and create a new name for your file. Once you're in this new file (still with all the same layers from your original) you can align your separate layers or whatever you need to do, and then when you are happy, cmd-click to select all the layers you want to combine and then right click and then select "merge layers" from the menu that appears. Another method would be to "flatten image" which is in the "edit" drop down menu (I think, might be under "layers" instead). Either of these will combine the layers if you want to edit them all in one 'image' or layer.
3. You can save your photoshop file as a jpeg, png or a PDF file if you need to by going to "File" "Export" then usually "Save for web" and then select the file format you want to use. Similar to #2 above this will 'combine' all your layers (that are visible- as in #1 above) into a single jpeg, etc... file. To save as a PDF you select "Save as" in the "File" menu and then in the dialog box select "photoshop pdf" as your file type (you can uncheck all the options to keep layers or retain original Photoshop editing abilities to reduce the file size).
I hope this helps. The options and menus might be slightly different depending on what version of PS you are using and your operating system.